Stigma We Face
Now some of this stuff I refer you to is written for
"clinicians," which has always kind of offended me. For those of us
with the bipolar disorder I do know about our creativity - it's off the chart!
We are not dummies here! Many of us are TIRED of being treated like dummies by
our Drs. and Nurse Practitioners. We do not want to be talked down to. We are
tired of being stigmatized and we want to be treated for who we are and that is
a human being just like everyone else.
The only difference between you and your Dr. at your appointment for example, is
your disorder is known where his or hers is not! We all have something! Don't
ever let anyone mistreat you or put you down due to having a mental health
disorder. It only shows ignorance on their part. It is up to us to begin to
change this by not allowing this treatment.
I cannot tell you how many times I have felt stigmatized, talked down to, even
though I know the lingo and have my MSW - I still have mental health disorders (shhhh!!!!
- don't piss Patty off or she might rage cause it says right here on the paper
that she has bipolar I).
Many of us are much more educated than the clinicians that are treating us about
our disorders and even about treatment. Many of us have to fight through thick
egos to educate these people.
I always tell people if you want someone who knows how to treat your disorder
you should be willing to travel if necessary and you might have to cut corners
for some time to save some money out of pocket at least for the first two or
Another option is to go to your local university in the psych department.
Usually they are more updated on mental health disorders and treatment even if
you have to be put on a waiting list.
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